Preseason has been a big plus

3012023 SSFF raith dufc '- pre-season - Raith Rovers against Dundee United FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

3012023 SSFF raith dufc '- pre-season - Raith Rovers against Dundee United FC at Starks Park, Kirkcaldy

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RAITH boss Grant Murray has declared the club’s preseason programme a resounding success.

Rovers have came through four matches against SPL opposition and Murray has been pleased with the performance of his team.

“So far, so good,” he said. “The boys have looked fit and sharp and performed well in the games, so preseason has been a big plus for us.

“The games have all been good tests, and played at a tempo, so we’ve got out of it what we wanted.

“We’ve applied ourselves well and it’s important that the players take that into Saturday’s first competitive match.”

Rovers were due to complete their preseason schedule with a friendly against Alloa on Tuesday.

But the game was scrapped after Murray informed the opposition that he wanted to give his players a rest.

“On Saturday we picked up two or three little niggles so leading up to first competitive game we didn’t want to pick up anymore from a midweek game on the astroturf.

“Both parties agreed that we were just going to leave the game at this moment in time.

“A lot of it was precaution - there are no major injuries.

“But our games have been fast and physical and a couple of players have felt little niggles.

“The last thing we wanted was to get involved in another game that might incur injuries that put players in doubt for travelling up to Wick.”
Murray rested himself against Dundee United on Saturday as he continues his recovery from knee surgery.

“I’ve came back from a small operation, been involved in a couple of games, and there was a slight reaction,” he said.

“It’s nothing too serious, but it was better not to risk anything.”

Meanwhile, A Rovers under 19 team which included some youngsters from the first team squad won a preseason tournament hosted by Newburgh Juniors at the weekend.